During your initial consultation at Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry Dr. Spitz will complete a thorough oral evaluation and discuss your concerns and goals. He will also explain different treatment options and how the various procedures work so that you understand every aspect of your prospective treatment. Outlined below is what to expect before, during, and after your denture treatment at Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry.
Why Realistic Expectations are Important
In order to be satisfied with the outcome of any dental treatment, it is important that patients have realistic expectations and an understanding of the risks and benefits of any procedure. A patient who is not mentally prepared for the transition to dentures, or who has unrealistic expectations about what life will be like after receiving them, may end up unsatisfied —regardless of how well crafted they may be. The expert team at Smileboston is there to help patients through the entire process, from initial consultation to final smile.
What to Expect During Your Initial Consultation
Typically, the first step to any medical or dental procedure is an in person consultation between you and your doctor. Dr. Spitz will undergo a thorough and comprehensive oral history and an examination to better understand the current condition of your oral health. He will also review your medical history in case there is a former oral issue that should be addressed.
Dr. Spitz will then be able to determine your candidacy for one of the following, full dentures, partial dentures, fixed dentures or any denture alternatives. If you and Dr. Spitz decide that dentures are the proper course of action, impressions will be taken of your remaining teeth as well as the structure of your gums and jaws. Dr. Spitz does this to ensure that the final restoration looks as natural as possible and blend with your remaining teeth. If fixed dentures are an option, you will be evaluated as a candidate for the oral surgery that is required to place dental implants. And if denture options are not right for you, denture alternatives will be discussed.
What to Expect During the Treatment Process
After your consultation, permanent full or partial dentures will be custom fabricated and you will be provided with a temporary denture. Once your dentures are complete, Dr. Spitz will make the necessary adjustments to ensure a proper fit that aligns your teeth, feels comfortable and looks natural.
Fixed denture patients will need oral surgery to implant the artificial tooth roots into the jaw and gum tissue. This provides a strong foundation that will hold your replacement tooth in place. After a few months of healing and osseointegration – the process of the titanium root biologically fusing together with the jaw bone – the final dentures will be attached to the implants.
What to Expect After Your Dentures Treatment
Adjusting to new dentures takes a bit of patience and time. It may take a number of visits to ensure a proper fit and function, however, once final dentures are fit in place, the restoration will radically improve your smile, chewing function and restore fullness to your overall facial appearance. Daily care and cleaning of your dentures is very important to help keep them looking their best and prevent stains and denture odor.
Get More Information About Dentures
If you live in the Boston area and think that dentures might be an option to combat your tooth loss, look no further than Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry. Smileboston offers a full array of dental services from hygiene and general dentistry to restorative dentures and dental implants to complete smile makeovers. Contact one of our offices (in Brookline and Pembroke, MA) today to with any questions or to schedule your consultation.